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Primetime Ratings: ‘Idol’ Rebounds

Fox seized the broadcast ratings crown Thursday, riding an invigorated American Idol to a robust 2.1 rating in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 7 share. CBS was next at 1.9/6, ABC at 1.8/6, NBC at 1.0/3 and The CW at 0.7/2.

American Idol, featuring an emotional performance from Kelly Clarkson and an extraordinarily pumped up crowd, did a 2.1 across two hours, up 5% from last week.

Broadcast was up against yet another GOP debate, this one on CNN.

CBS had The Big Bang Theory at its usual 3.7 while Life in Pieces ticked up 5% to 2.2, then Mom at a flat 1.8 and 2 Broke Girls up 13% to 1.7. Drama Elementary was up a tenth at 1.1.

On ABC, Grey’s Anatomy slid 5% to 2.1, and Scandal was a flat 1.7, then How to Get Away With Murder went up 7% to 1.5.

NBC’s struggling You, Me & the Apocalypse did a flat 0.6 and The Blacklist a flat 1.3, then Shades of Blue was off 9% at 1.0.

CW had DC’s Legends of Tomorrow up 13% to 0.9, and The 100 up 20% at 0.6.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.